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Old 04-22-2015, 05:03 PM
 
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Yep, I did get a sense of how the traffic works:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-jqmOb6GrI
OK, now you got it
Pretty accurate documentory...
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Old 04-23-2015, 04:20 AM
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For some realism, a gopro timelapse of driving through Nairobi streets:

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Old 04-23-2015, 08:05 PM
 
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For some realism, a gopro timelapse of driving through Nairobi streets:

A drive trough some wealthy suburbs, and downtown. Yes, that's one side of Nairobi...
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:18 PM
 
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What's the safest best way to get around the city SOLO? Are there certain taxi companies that tourists should always take? Are there certain ones to avoid?

I'm going to have 18 hour layover....6am until midnight....I basically see myself taking taxis from one place to the next, throughout the day....any easy way to do that in Nairobi?
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:51 PM
 
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My experience is from 1990 (so take that with several grains of salt). I loved the other parts of Kenya but hated Nairobi. My wife and I were victims of a fanny pack snatching, our luggage was pilfered from in the airport, and there were lots of scams to be aware of. It just felt like a place that you had to constantly be on guard in (more so then most cities in developing countries that I've been to).

Pre-1990s Nairobi was known as the city in east Africa that you could get common consumer goods and that had a good infrastructure. I knew peace corps volunteers in east Africa who would take furloughs there for that reason. I don't know how true that is now - certainly compared to certain countries it is far more developed.

I will say, that we spent a small amount of time in northern Tanzania, and although it was very undeveloped at the the time (compared to Nairobi and most of Kenya) it was much more relaxed and shared the same natural beauty as Kenya. I wished afterwards that we had spent most of our time in that country. A lot of people that go to east Africa now fly straight into Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania and avoid Kenya completely. Frankly that's what I would recommend. There'a is a lot to see in Kenya but all roads lead through Nairobi there. It does have one of the coolest names for a city though.
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Old 06-06-2017, 08:30 AM
 
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My experience is from 1990 (so take that with several grains of salt). I loved the other parts of Kenya but hated Nairobi. My wife and I were victims of a fanny pack snatching, our luggage was pilfered from in the airport, and there were lots of scams to be aware of. It just felt like a place that you had to constantly be on guard in (more so then most cities in developing countries that I've been to).

Pre-1990s Nairobi was known as the city in east Africa that you could get common consumer goods and that had a good infrastructure. I knew peace corps volunteers in east Africa who would take furloughs there for that reason. I don't know how true that is now - certainly compared to certain countries it is far more developed.

I will say, that we spent a small amount of time in northern Tanzania, and although it was very undeveloped at the the time (compared to Nairobi and most of Kenya) it was much more relaxed and shared the same natural beauty as Kenya. I wished afterwards that we had spent most of our time in that country. A lot of people that go to east Africa now fly straight into Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania and avoid Kenya completely. Frankly that's what I would recommend. There'a is a lot to see in Kenya but all roads lead through Nairobi there. It does have one of the coolest names for a city though.
Thanks for this post!

I'll be in Nairobi just for a day. 7am until midnight. Something like that!

No matter what, I wanted a small taste of Nairobi, and some other trip, I could focus on other areas.

Anyone else want to add Nairobi stories?
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Old 06-17-2017, 06:28 AM
 
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There is Google maps to find your way around the city and Uber to take you around the city at standard rates. Check out Trip Advisor for places you can visit in 12 layover.

Generally visit around Westland, upperhill, karen. Such places are generally safe.
You don't need to worry about security, the city is generally safe just maintain vigilance and avoid exposing valuables.
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Old 06-17-2017, 10:25 AM
 
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Thanks for this post!

I'll be in Nairobi just for a day. 7am until midnight. Something like that!

No matter what, I wanted a small taste of Nairobi, and some other trip, I could focus on other areas.

Anyone else want to add Nairobi stories?
Despite my negative post, I understand why you might be curious about the place and want to visit it (briefly). Have a great trip!
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Old 07-12-2017, 07:51 AM
 
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I was just in Nairobi.

FANTASTIC PEOPLE! Really genuine, friendly, nice, laughed a lot, and just fantastic people to be around.

I didn't feel unsafe at all...granted, I didn't put myself in much of any situation to feel unsafe.
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Old 07-12-2017, 03:05 PM
 
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It is a big hub for transit. If you need to go the reserves, Nairobi is good central.
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